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    July 8, 2011
    12:30 - 1:00am PDT  

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>> this is "bbc world news." funding for this presentation is made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu. newman's own foundation. and union bank.
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>> union bank has put its global expertise to work for a wide range of companies. what can we do for you? >> and now, "bbc world news." >> welcome. the headlines this hour. rupert murdoch and his top executives respond to the phone hacking scandal by closing down britain's best-selling sunday newspaper. but the investigation continues, with reports that a former editor and adviser to the british prime minister is to be arrested. dozens are killed in days of violent clashes between rival political groups in the pakistan city of karachi. and a final flight for the u.s.
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space shuttle atlantis. it prepares for its final journey to the stars. this is newsday. >> hello and welcome. it is the phone hacking scandal which has stunned britain. today came the biggest bombshell of all. britain's best-selling newspaper, "news of the world," is being shut down. the closure comes after a public outcry, but it has not lifted the spotlight from the murdoch empire, which controls 40% of circulation in the u.k. and has worldwide reach. >> rupert murdoch, 1969, shortly
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after he bought a newspaper that was to become his very profitable pride and joy. >> 4 give the individual by all means, but you cannot forget. >> 42 years later, he might well have made the same remarks about the news at the paper that became thoroughly rotted and shocked a nation. in recent weeks, especially in the last few days, the paper, which has been printed for 168 years, has been indelibly linked with the worst practices in journalism. murdoch's son james believed it could not be amended. >> clearly, certain individuals did not live up to the standards and quality of journalism that we believe in, that i believe in, and that this company believes in. this company has been a great investor in journalism, a great investor in media in general. it is something we believe very
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strongly in. clearly, certain activities did not live up to those standards. that is a matter of great regret for me personally and for the company. >> there were revelations about the alleged hacking of the phone of a murder victim, and of the families of those who died in the seven-seven atrocities, and the invasion of privacy of the families of british soldiers killed in action. here is 80-year-old rupert moderate -- rupert murdoch's earlier today, pursued by journalists. one of his staff was less tight- lipped. >> he has done a lot of good things for "news of the world." because of what happened because of some unscrupulous souls who
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worked here before, people are out of a job. >> some feel the former executive should have gone. >> lots of people are losing their jobs today. one of the people remaining in her job is the chief executive of news international, who was the editor at the time the found hacking happened. it is a big acts, but i do not think it solves the real issue. >> i am satisfied with rebecca, her leadership in this business, and her standard of ethics, her standard of conduct throughout her career. >> with big consumer company after big consumer company pulling their advertising, the fear of being tainted with the association -- by association with the paper, the future looked bleak. >> it is going to be investigated and there must be a full judicial dead -- judicial-
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led public inquiry. >> the other paper purchased by rupert murdoch in 1969 was quoted the sun city -- was "the sun." >> police in britain say they have identified four thousand possible hacking victims and hundreds more have contacted them saying they too may have been targets. we have the latest on the investigation. a warning, this report contains flash photography. >> this extraordinary affair might have spelled the end for britain's biggest newspaper, but the repercussions will continue. the police with the commissioner facing questions. the military today shot by new allegations. and of course, hundreds of people who may be victims of the practice. police are struggling to cope with calls from people worried their privacy has been breached. on top of that, britain pose the
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most senior policeman now has a second inquiry as to -- britain's most senior policeman now has a second inquiry as to whether people under his watch were bribed to leak stories. >> a small number of police officers may have engaged in such a practice. i am determined to do what we should do, and that is put them before criminal courts. >> the former news of the world editor was called before the court last year. he said he knew nothing about it. >> two days ago, news international briefed the press that they had handed over documents to the metropolitan police that should andy coulson -- showed andy coulson had authorized payments to police for information. either he or news international did not tell the truth. >> discovering the truth could
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take months. today, britain pose a military families became the latest group to erupt -- britain's military families became the latest group to erupted in anger. it has been released that some of them may have had their voice mails intercepted. initially, no family scheme for reducing that police had warned them they might be victims. even the allegation was enough for the british royal legion to pull out of its fund-raising with the news of the world. >> we felt that until these allegations have been investigated, we ought to suspend working with news international. >> police are investigating the case of a man killed in afghanistan. according to his father, e-mail messages he received after his death have been read, he suspects by hackers. >> the need to be called to
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account for what they have done and to suffer whatever punishment is appropriate. i'm sure that will happen, but it is going to take time. >> he is likely to be right. criminal investigation, a public inquiry, the scrutiny of this newspaper could continue for years. >> gary morgan, who, if -- who co-founded/news says this closure could have repercussions for photographers worldwide. >> "news of the world" has always been one of the biggest payers and fastest players. this is going to hit photographers in the pocket. certainly, they have been a leader so far in payment and kept the competition very aggressive. over year, the story has had
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repercussions as well -- over here, the story has repercussions as well. british tabloids are seen as something the british do. but now americans are calling for an investigation of the murdoch empire. the repercussions over here are falling. it will have repercussions for photographers and for the tabloid industry here, which are also one of the highest payers. >> that was gary morgan, a co- founder of the news agency splashed news. dozens of people have been killed in clashes between rival political groups in karachi. >> the violence has been continuing for more than three days. in some neighborhoods, gunmen have fired from buses. they had detained several suspects and are trying to take
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control of the situation. we have more. >> parts of pakistan pose the biggest city are essentially under curfew. -- pakistan's biggest city are essentially under curfew. there have been clashes between rival political groups escalating. people are caught in the crossfire. as the violence continues, bodies continue to arrive at the morgue. dozens have been killed in the last three days of fighting. many more have been injured. gunmen have even opened fire on city buses. quite some people started firing at the bus and killed my father. what is this? how many people will be killed by this? they killed my father. how many fathers will be killed like this? >> in part, the violence follows a decision by the country's main political party to resign from the government. >> the chief justice of
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pakistan will look into this issue, what is going on in karachi. citizens are brutally killed. people traveling in buses have been brutally murdered today. >> there is a political dimension to the fighting. karachi is the city claimed by armed gangs. the city authorities are trying to grapple back some control of the affected areas. for residents, it will be at a very high price. >> the president of yemen, ali abdullah saleh, has appeared on state television just a month over the attack on his compound that nearly killed him. he said he had undergone eight successful operations to treat his burns. he also stressed the need for dialogue to resolve yemens problems. you are watching you stay on the
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bbc live from singapore and london -- newsday on the bbc, live from singapore and london. holmes the atlantis is ready to take -- the shuttle atlantis is ready to take off, and what will bad weather delayed the flight? a scientist has created a synthetic organ. we report. >> this is how the world's first synthetic organ was made, fitting a glass mold into a liquid polymer, which set to create an exact copy of the patient's windpipe. it was created in these labs in the royal free hospital in london and then flown to sweden. once in stockholm, the synthetic windpipe was based in a solution of stem cells taken from the patient's bone marrow. after just two days, the
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millions of tiny holes in its surface were seated by cells. a synthetic body part had become the patient's own. here it is in the operating theater being cut to size moments before being transplanted. the ability to create a three- dimensional synthetic organ is a significant moment in this field of surgery. >> this technique does not rely at all on a human donation. you can have it immediately. there is no delay, and most important, because it is read genitive, you do not need immunosuppression. -- regenerative, you do not need immunosuppression. the patient is still recovering. what next? look at this. it is a 1 meter long synthetic artery made in this machine in london in just 20 minutes.
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this material does have limits. it cannot be used to create complex organs like the heart, liver or kidney, but scientists hope it points the way to more transplants without the wait for a donor. >> this is newsday on bbc. >> our main headlines this hour , rupert murdoch's media group is at the center of the scandal. this sunday's edition of "news of the world" will be the last. >> doesn't have been killed following days of clashes between -- dozens have been killed following days of clashes between rival political groups in karachi. joining me is a staff writer
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for the columbia journalism review. he was formerly a reporter for the wall street journal, now owned by news corp.. we are talking about our top story, the hacking. how is this being perceived where you are? >> it is a big story. some of our papers and magazines have done big pieces, but this is front page news two times in a row in the "new york times and." it has been the top story on the website all day. there is massive coverage. it is a major story. >> in terms of what has been progressing from this, how is rupert murdoch and his media empire perceive in the united states? >> he already has a pretty low reputation. this is certainly going to do
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damage to his brand. it is not going to help him at all, but he is already perceived as a swashbuckling tycoon of media. he is best known for fox news here. on the right, that is the place to go, but for most american , it is not very well respected or trusted. the question is whether this will affect that. i'm not sure it will unless it goes further of the executive suite. >> what was it like when you were working with him? >> i was gone before he took over "the wall street journal." i was there when he was buying the paper, and i can tell you that 95% of the staff was not happy he was coming in. to just be associated with him,
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and the fear that would --ñ that he would tamper with what was one of the most respected papers in the country. he was not welcome, put it that way. >> in the u.k., obviously there is a lot of controversy over this story, but it does not seem like it is quite being perceived the same way in the u.s. >> it is naturally going to be a bigger controversy over there. people here are not familiar with the murdered teenager case until now, but everyone who understands that if you are hacking the telephone of a teenager who is kidnapped and later found murdered, you're tapping the fun of the top minister of the prime minister,
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it affects us. i think we will take a look at murdoch and our system. it is not very appealing, so we need to look at ourselves and our media culture. >> thank you for that. in other news, on saturday, south suzanne will become the world's newest nation following -- south sudan will become the world's newest nation, following a peace treaty. our correspondent has spoken to the widow of the rebel leaders. >> just hours to go now until the new nation is born. southern sudan is going to become the republic of south sudan. we are here at the house of someone who knows about the struggle to reach this point.
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she is the widow of the head of the sbla. how are you feeling? >> thank you for the opportunity. it is a very good moment for all of us. we are glad to be alive to be here today. there are many colleagues and comrades to be perished during the war, but we are here for their blood. we are very happy and grateful for their contribution. always in the struggle, i knew what was going on, but the majority of people had no idea. they had no idea. i feel very happy to hear their voices outside on the street. >> were there times you thought, we are never going to get to this point where we will be -- where people can say free at last?
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>> for me, no. my husband was a great man. he brought in a lot of international witnesses from many countries. they were involved. there was no way out for them to dishonor this agreement even though he is not here. >> some people say that the split is happening but relations are very bad now between the north and the south. how worried are you that the struggle to really break free is not over? >> i am not very worried, because the people talking about it are at the level of politics. people in southern sudan are very humble. they live side by side with the people of northern sudan. we have a blood relationship with them. we do not see any problem with them. >> people are celebrating a key anniversary in peru.
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>> that is right. celebrations have begun to mark 100 years since the official rediscovery of the ancient mountaintop city of much too peachy. it was found but -- machu pichu. it was found by an american explorer. although he was not the first to get there, his writings made it known throughout the world. for all the details on the celebrations, our colleague joins us on the line. beautiful celebrations. we saw some pictures. tell us that this character who apparently discovered it. what to the peruvians make of him? >> he is quite a controversial figure here in peru, largely because he took thousands of artifacts in 1911 which were only returned by yale university earlier this year after quite a
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bit of legal fighting. they have mixed views on him from the heritage point of view, but even his greatest critics will say that he is the man who really brought machu pichu into the world. in stark contrast to the inca ceremonies which we saw earlier , people are now in the main square in joining the tunes of the local rock star. earlier today, they held a light show on a big screen in the square here. there were light beams across machu pichu.
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it has been a big mixture between traditional western art and music and traditional peruvian art and music. everyone here has been joining the celebration. >> we can hear the celebrations going on. it sounds fantastic. very briefly, just how important is this to the peruvian economy? >> hugely important. it really is the cash cow of the tourism industry. about 90% of the tourism industry relies on it. it earned several hundred million dollars a year in terms of revenue. that was very noticeable last year when the floods knocked out the trail. did they are trying to recoup that money now with this celebration. >> thank you very much with the 100th anniversary celebration sounding brilliant there. it is thought that more than half a million people will view
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atlantis'final lift off. it is the final flight for the shuttle program, but right now, it is the weather that everyone has their eye on. we are at the launch pad of the kennedy space station in florida. >> storm clouds are living. if conditions stay like this, it is likely that the launch of atlantis will be delayed for at least a day for safety reasons. over there, you can see that everything is ready for the launch of the last ever shuttle on its last ever mission. columbia was launched 30 years ago. it was here that astronauts were sent to the man. this marks the end up not just of the shuttle program, but the era of space exploration for america. the shuttle had its triumphs and disasters. it was supposed to be a new era
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of space travel that would make travel to space cheapen commonplace. at $1 billion per launch. it was not cheap. it was dangerous. there was the challenger disaster where the shuttle exploded on launch. then the columbia disaster when the space shuttle exploded on reentry to the atmosphere. the shuttle program did have its triumphs. it sent the hubble space telescope into orbit, which brought us the wonders of the universe. and of course, the construction of the international space station. but that was not enough to save the shuttle program. and so, after the launch of atlantis, the fleet will be moored. is far from clear what will take its place and when it will be ready. >> you have been watching newsday from the bbc. >> just a quick reminder of our main story.
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britain's best-selling sunday newspaper, "the news of the world"will be closed after the sunday edition. thank you for watching. good bye for now. >> make sense of international news at bbc.com/news. >> funding was made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu. newman's own foundation. and union bank.
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>> union bank has put its >> garrison keillor: martín espada was born in brooklyn, new york. he moved to massachusetts; worked as a tenement lawyer in boston, teaches at the university of massachusetts, amherst-- creative writing, latino poetry, and the work of pablo neruda. he's published 16 books, and his collection of poems, the republic of poetry, was a finalist for the pulitzer prize. >> at 16, i worked after high school hours at a printing plant that manufactured legal pads-- yellow paper stacked seven feet high and leaning as i slipped cardboard between the pages, then brushed red glue up and down the stack.
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no gloves-- fingertips required for the perfection of paper, smoothing the exact rectangle. sluggish by 9:00 p.m., the hands would slide along suddenly sharp paper, and gather slits thinner than the crevices of the skin; hidden. then the glue would sting, hands oozing till both palms burned at the punch clock. ten years later, in law school, i knew that every legal pad was glued with the sting of hidden cuts; that every open law book was a pair of hands upturned and burning. ( applause )